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A depiction of the abura-sumashi.
Abura-sumashi ( is a creature from the 油すまし, "Oil Presser") folklore [ of ] citation needed Amakusa in Kumamoto prefecture. [ This spirit, which surprises people on the Kusazumigoe mountain pass, ] citation needed [ is thought to be the ghost of a human who stole oil. ] citation needed [ ] citation needed
In the days before electricity, oil was a very valuable commodity, necessary for lighting and heating a house. As such, the theft of oil, particularly from temples and shrines, could lead to punishment via reincarnation as a
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modern media the abura-sumashi is often depicted as, "a squat creature with a straw-coat covered body and a potato-like or stony head," [ an appearance inspired by the artwork of ] citation needed Shigeru Mizuki. [ ] citation needed
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